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Sampdoria claim interest in Chelsea's Shevchenko

Reports in Italy have linked Samp with a bid to sign £30million striker Shevchenko on loan for the coming season.

According to general manager Beppe Marotta, the major issue concerning a move for Shevchenko is the size of the 31-year-old's pay packet.

"We have a way to resolve our problems up front with a figure able to stir up the crowd as well as put the ball in the back of the net," Marotta told Secolo XIX newspaper.

"Sheva would be happy to join us, but there are problems around his wages.

"Many top class players like Sampdoria and a deal is entirely plausible, so never say never."

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